Edit update: Health service is overwhelmed with Omicron now. Isolation is lowered to 7 days, less direct help from National healthcare available. Airline personnel have had more experience with covid-recovered passengers now than a month ago.
Original post: Mid-November, after exposure to C-19, I tested positive--, 13 days before a flight to the States. My French Pass sanitaire went dead. I received a government letter to isolate for 10 days, beginning with the date of first symptoms. The surprise is that after symptoms and Covid disappear, you can test positive for up to three months--with the Delta variant. How do you board a flight to the States?
- After isolating 7 days, you need to obtain a doctor’s letter stating you are recovered. Make this appointment as soon as possible.
- 8 days after your positive swab, your Pass sanitaire will come back online.
- You must fill out the attestation from the CDC, provided by the airline, stating in box #3 that you tested positive, are beyond 10 days since the swab, and have a doctor or health department letter stating you are recovered. US regulations. 4 When the attestation is turned to an airline employee, the airline employee will need to take the time to read both box #3 and the letter. This could be a trickly moment. The CDC form is in English, the MD letter in French. No one in the US asked for the documentation, but they could.
Pam in Idaho sent me the information for flying to the States with a positive Covid test. Merci. This information was last updated by the CDC on Dec 6.
"If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel)."
(Further down the page under FAQ)
"People who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after their infection. CDC does not recommend retesting within 3 months after a person with COVID-19 first developed symptoms of COVID-19 (or the date their sample was taken for their first positive viral diagnostic test if their infection was asymptomatic).
If you have had a positive viral test on a sample taken during the past 90 days, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with your positive viral test results and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”
A letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that clears you to end isolation, e.g., to return to work or school, can be used to show you are cleared to travel, even if travel isn’t specifically mentioned in the letter. The letter must have information that identifies you personally (e.g., name and date of birth) that matches the personal identifiers on your passport or other travel documents. The letter must be signed and dated on official letterhead that contains the name, address, and phone number of the healthcare provider or public health official who signed the letter.
If you have recovered from COVID-19 but are not able to obtain documentation of recovery that fulfills the requirements, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 viral test result from a sample taken no more than 3 days (or 1 day if you are not fully vaccinated) before your flight to the US departs.
Even if you have recovered from COVID-19, if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 you should isolate, not travel, and consult with a healthcare provider for testing recommendations."